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Old 12-02-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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car wobbles side-to-side on highway on/off ramp turns

I'm not sure what is wrong with my car, it feels like the wheels are loose, they are not.

When on an on/off ramp that is a turn (like a cloverleaf) on a highway, the car wobbles from side to side. When a lot of the weight is on either side of the car, it will reach a point where the pressured weight of the car will bounce to the opposite direction, and then bounce back until pressure of the weight is relieved from one side. (like if turning right the car will at some point align straight when it should still be angled left, and then angle left again)

This could become an issue when the roads getting snowy/icy.

It feels like the wheels are loose, but they are all tight. The tires are all fairly new and have good pressure. Some of the wheels have some dents.


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Old 12-02-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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check your shocks, i had problems like you had, i replaced one of my shocks and it got rid of that bounciness
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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Mine still does it even with new tires and shocks (though greatly lessened) and my sway bar is good, moves freely, bushings in good shape.

My next idea to try is suspension bushings.
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all my bushings in rear of my 01 focus r shot
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:20 PM   #6
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when did u last get an alignment? what were the specs? often too much toe in in the rear will cause wobbly back n forth motions in the rear suspension due to the passive rear steer.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:32 AM   #7
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In my case, it was aligned after the new tires and shocks.....they used Ford specs though so that could be contributing since they are so broad but it spent a good portion of it's existence within Ford specs without any issues until recently.
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are you hearing any funny noises?
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I've had an alignment recently, but that doesn't mean anything.

My memory may be off but I lived off of a loop of road breifly that has needed serious pothole repair for 7 years (no joke, the have had huge pot holes for as long as I've been driving).

The pot holes are so bad an unavoidable that you have to drive through them. I got two flat tires in two months. If I remember correctly it was around the same time the problems began.

When I had the tires replaced I think I would have had the alignment checked, though I shall verify that first as it's the least expensive option.

The possibility of it being the shocks/struts though is what I was also thinking, because of the pot holes, and as far as sounds go, lately I've been able to rubs tire on the wheel-well in tight, hard, turns and I'm not lowered. So if a blown shock/strut can cause these issues then it has to be at least that for sure
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Make sure the alignment is for an SVT.........I had to get mine aligned 3 times before I produced the SVT specs, then they were like "Oh........Yeah"
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